South Africa beat Bangladesh by 333 runs in 1st Test

Mahmudullah of Bangladesh

Mahmudullah of Bangladesh

Markram was more subdued at the start of the innings but reached his second fifty in his second Test off 81 balls, with eight fours. It pits a traditionally strong side the much awaited South Africa vs Bangladesh is touted as the emerging one that can prove its worth in this period of the game. They needed only to look to their right when facing the team bus on the driveway of the NWU Puk Sports Village to see the stands of Senwes Park, the venue where they suffered a 333-run defeat against South Africa on the fifth day just a day before. In South African conditions, the Cricket match for the team South Africa remains widened.

The pitch was good but we could not bat the way we wanted to.

The hosts would be pleased with the start, which mirrored the wicketless first session in Potchefstroom.

Herath, who achieved the milestone of 400 Test wickets with his 11-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi, has gained 37 points to reach within six points of third-placed Ravichandran Ashwin of India.

92 - Wickets Kagiso Rabada has picked up in the 21 Test matches he has played so far. However, the bowler closest to de Lange in physique and style is Morne Morkel, who has been ruled out with injury.

Andile Phehlukwayo made his debut in the first Test, Duanne Olivier has just four Test caps, Parnell has accumulated five, while Paterson would be making his Test bow should he be selected. It won't be an easy outing for the visitors at Bloemfontein where they might be up for a juicy track in the absence of two of their star players.

South Africa go into the second Test next week aiming to double their victory, whilst Bangladesh will be hoping to put their recent woes behind them and level the series. Bangladesh's seamers could not find a breakthrough or even maintain a disciplined line and length after their captain Mushfiqur Rahim had opted to bowl.

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